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Inside the Greenhouse

Decision Support and Carbon Cycle Science:
Practical Strategies to Reconciling the Supply of and Demand for Carbon Cycle Science

June 13-14, 2005
University of Colorado at Boulder


Workshop Overview
Workshop Background
Final Workshop Report [or with appendices]
Participant List

Carbon cycle science organized under the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and its predecessor, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, has a stated commitment to providing information that will be useful to decision makers. However, experience from other climate and global change research activities has shown that providing useful information is not always straightforward, and in fact requires deliberate effort within the research program itself to be successful. The carbon cycle science program does not yet have an ongoing research strategy for ensuring that a portion of its portfolio will be of use outside the scientific community.

To address this issue, we convened a workshop in Boulder, Colorado on June 13-14, 2005 to share knowledge across areas of expertise and develop a preliminary research agenda for creating "usable carbon cycle science". The goal of this workshop was to foster an interested community of researchers and develop a research agenda with the ultimate aim of improving the usefulness of carbon cycle science for the broader community of decision makers.

Workshop Objectives:
  • To survey existing knowledge about successful decision support using carbon cycle science

  • To enable cross-disciplinary transfer of knowledge about how to design
    and implement research agendas, projects and programs so that they can effectively serve users' needs

  • To develop a research and practice agenda for programs and scientists in carbon cycle science who are interested in serving the needs of users outside of the scientific community. Specifically, we will provide input to Chapter V of SOCCR on how we can improve the application of carbon cycle science in decision support, and create a broader research agenda on generating useful information in the NACP as NACP goes forward in its implementation.

For more information, contact Lisa Dilling.